This is the full 3-7-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.
Today is day 21 of the uprising in Wisconsin, and all the signs indicate the protests there will not be ending anytime soon. The decision by the Wisconsin courts to override Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to eject protestors from the capitol, has ensured public access to the building during the day, but unfortunately the overnights inside the capitol building are no more. Unbelievable, each night a few dozen protestors maintain the round the clock presence by camping out on the capitol lawn despite the frigidly cold temperatures. And each day they are joined by day time protestors, sometimes in the hundreds, sometimes in the thousands and sometimes in the tens of thousands. The revolt in Madison and across the state will already be written about in history books as one of the most spectacular labor battles in our nation’s history. But in the words of one of the signs I read at the protests Saturday, this is a movement, not a moment. Increasingly that is what this truly feels like. Perhaps we have reached a pivotal moment in the history of the labor movement. The spread of protests from Wisconsin to Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and other states and poll after poll showing solid support for organized labor in this fight indicate that it very while might be.
On today’s program I bring you voices from Madison from Day 19, last Saturday. I will also air excerpts of audio from a no concessions meeting organized by National Nurses United, the South Central Wisconsin Federation of Labor, and a host of other labor organizations. These groups are demanding the movement concede no ground to Gov. Walker and that a general strike be organized. And will put the events in Wisconsin in a broader perspective. I will talk with Lila Shapiro of The Huffington Post about the 3 decade long gap between productivity and workers earnings.
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